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12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

Using lower weight/ different composition of paper suitable for the type of material being produced




SDG Alignment

Target Description

Level of Effort

UN SDG Target


By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.


Category Assessment



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(1) Assess by gathering the required details for end-product such as current weight/composition, budget needed.
(2) Calculate the environmental impact of your paper by using this calculator (


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The use of lower weight paper and/or a different composition of paper (suitable for the application) could present potential cost savings and can be used as a branding prospect if it makes your end-product more sustainable/novel/unique.

Environmental conservation and reduced carbon emission through a reduction in industrial paper waste.The use of alternative fibers can decrease environmental impact if procured and processed correctly.

Strategy Build & Execution

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(1) Consult with your engineers on the end-product requirements (such as thickness, durability, features).
(2) Evaluate the lower weight/different composition alternatives which meet your requirements.
(3) Conduct an impact analysis to evaluate the environmental and commercial impacts of using the alternative fiber (which includes the manufacturing processes and switching costs).
(4) Get all your business units to align with the decision on the new fiber.
(5) Test your manufacturing processes with the new fiber, whether the results are successful and if so, then scaling up is an opportunity.

Supplier Negotiation & Contract

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Negotiate with your chosen suppliers to ensure standards are in place to support your goals and targets.

Supplier Performance & Management

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On an annual basis, re-evaluate the established targets; discuss new technologies in terms of sustainable paper materials and the potential for the procurement of these products. Annually review your certifications (especially in accordance with environmental and human rights regulations).

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